PRES­LEY PAR­ADISE

SEE­ING DOU­BLE AT THE ELVIS TRIB­UTE FES­TI­VAL

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - ROSE SADLEIR Chris Con­nor pre­sents In Eng­land, Viva Surfers Par­adise Fes­ti­val, Surfers Par­adise beach, to­mor­row and Satur­day.

Chris Con­nor knows that Elvis Pres­ley was the first of his kind.

Hav­ing been a fan of The King since he was eight years old, Con­nor im­mersed him­self in his dad’s old records from a young age.

It was the iconic per­former’s bom­bas­tic style and groovy moves that had Con­nor in­stantly hooked.

“I wanted to be a singer and I loved Elvis and his mu­sic, so thought I would try and recre­ate what he did,” Con­nor ex­plains.

“Elvis’ moves come quite nat­u­rally to me so don’t re­ally have to think about it.”

The first time Con­nor im­per­son­ated The King, he knew he’d found his call­ing.

“My friends and fam­ily were all be­hind me 100 per cent,” he says.

Con­nor burst on to the UK scene in early 2009. It only took a few years for him to be­come one of the world’s leading Elvis per­form­ers.

With his nat­u­ral look and voice, Con­nor head­lined the first ever Mem­phis Fes­ti­val in Hol­land and has played shows in At­lanta, New Or­leans, Mem­phis, Ire­land, Aus­tralia and New York.

This weekend Con­nor re­turns to our shores for a spe­cial per­for­mance at the Elvis trib­ute fes­ti­val, Viva Surfers Par­adise.

Pay­ing trib­ute to the life and mu­sic of the King of rock ’n’ roll, the 10-day fes­ti­val comes to a close on Sun­day.

Con­nor will per­form twice for the fi­nal weekend of cel­e­bra­tions.

“I can’t wait to get back to Aus­tralia; I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,” he says.

“The show fea­tures some great songs and is a lot of fun.” Con­nor says his show In

Eng­land is a re­cre­ation of two of Elvis’s most fa­mous per­for­mances: That’s the Way

It Is and Madi­son Square Gar­den.

“We try to get the show to look the same as it did back in the 1970s,” he says.

“I use a nine-piece band all dressed the same as Elvis’ orig­i­nal band with orig­i­nal in­stru­ments and stage set.”

The Elvis im­per­son­ator says he likes to keep his per­for­mance as close to the real thing as pos­si­ble.

“If I went to see an Elvis show I’d want to feel like I was watch­ing Elvis, not some­body singing his songs,” he says.

Chris Con­nor has been a big fan of Elvis Pres­ley since he was eight.

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